From the Marina Office
Happy August, boaters! The sun is shining, the fish are biting, and things are going great down here at the marina.
We're very happy to see so many people out using their boat, and making good use of those slips that they keep on paying for.
A Few Tips to Remember When You're Going Out on the Water:
- Clean mud, plants and aquatic organisms from the boat, trailer, propeller, live well and anchors before leaving the launch
Keep a covered trash container on board. Bring back what you take out. Recycle!
- If you have an installed toilet, use a sewage pumpout facility. Empty portable toilets into a restroom. Federal law requires all boats with fixed toilet facilities to have a U.S. Coast Guard approved Marine Sanitation Device (MSD).
- Keep the messes from your four-legged family members in check by disposing of pet waste properly.
- When filling the gas tank, avoid spilling, topping off or overfilling to reduce the risk of fuel overflow and allow room for expansion in the tank.
- Do not speed in no-wake and shore zones. Boat wakes erode the shoreline, stir-up sediments, and contribute to silt build-up, which requires dredging.
- Have U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets.
San Diego in the Month of August - Loaded With Things to See and Do!
Del Mar Racing Season: Del Mar Thoroughbred Club - July 17 - September 3 - Price: Stretch Run: $6 Clubhouse: $10
San Diego horse racing takes place where the "turf meets the surf" at the Del Mar Racetrack. Fans flock to the track each summer to wager on their favorite horses during the popular, annual Del Mar Thoroughbred Club racing season.
Julian StarFest 2014: August 21 - 24 Price: Adult - $30, Teen - $15 - Venue: Menghini Winery
Explore the world of astronomy during this four-day festival. See telescopes and view objects in the night sky, vendors, guest speakers, and camping.
The Living Coast Discovery Center has assembled a "Who's Who" of San Diego's top restaurants, breweries, wineries, spirits, farms and more for a celebration of the local flavors and sustainable ingredients that make San Diego so special.
US Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition: August 29 - September 1 Price: $7.00 - $12.00 - Venue: B Street Cruise Ship Terminal Pier.
Hundreds of thousands have come each year to see master-class sculptors build beautiful 3D works of art. Now many of the world's finest artists will come to create the most amazing sculptures ever. And they'll do it on a unique site with our beautiful bay on the West and downtown's sandcastles in the sky on the East.
Hillcrest CityFest Street Fair: Hillcrest Business Association - August 10th Price: Free, Venue: 5th Ave. and University Ave.
Celebrating the silver anniversary of the lighting of the beloved Hillcrest sign, this year's street fair is going to be a spectacular feast for the senses!
La Jolla Music Society's SummerFest is a nationally-recognized chamber music festival featuring over 81 world-class artists and ensembles performing concerts.
All proceeds from the tournament support the UCSD Moores Cancer Research.
Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project: San Diego, CA - Saturday, August 23nd 9:00 am - 11:00 am.
The Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project, now in its eight year, helps keep beaches, rivers, parks and lakes across America "barefoot friendly". In 2014, Barefoot Wine and the Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves and beaches, along with community volunteers, are embarking on a tour of 15 cleanups nationwide, stopping in San Diego, CA.
La Jolla Concerts by the Sea (The Mighty Untouchables) - You're welcome to bring a blanket or beach chair to Scripps Park for a relaxing afternoon listening to a summertime concert. Today, "The Mighty Untouchables" band will perform electrifying rock & roll music. You'll love it! Admission - Free - Location: Ellen Browning Scripps Park (1180 Coast Blvd.).
Have a great time and we'll see you around!
Gerry Charest - Marina Manager
Some Tips on Stand-up Paddle Boarding
- By Steve Rodriguez - Oceanside Harbor Marina
Stand-up PaddleBoarding has burst onto the beach and bay scene in recent years, and is the fastest growing water sport in the world.
With the rise in popularity, many paddleboarders often forget that being on a paddleboard requires the same safety precautions and vigilance as any other activity on the water. With National Safe Boating in mind, now is a perfect time to brush up on some paddleboarding tips and most importantly, water safety practices.
The first thing to know about stand-up paddleboarding is that a paddleboard is a vessel when used "beyond the narrow limits of a swimming, surfing or bathing area." If a paddleboard is used within a designated "swimming, surfing or bathing area," the Coast Guard does not consider it to be a vessel.
What does this mean for you? When using a paddleboard beyond the limits of the swimming, surfing or bathing area, you need to be as prepared as you would be when using what is considered a traditional vessel, which includes wearing a life jacket.
Whether you are a seasoned paddleboarder or new to the activity, here are some other tips when it comes to using stand-up paddleboards.
- Wear a lifejacket and carry a whistle
- Be a competent swimmer
- Know how to self rescue
- Know how to tow another board
- Know the local regulations and navigation rules
- Understand the elements and hazards winds, tidal ranges, current, terrain
- Know when to wear a leash
- Be defensive don't go where you aren't supposed to be and avoid other swimmers, boaters, paddleboards
- Use proper blade angle to be the most efficient paddle boarder
- Take a safety course
And remember - have fun and be safe! See you at the marina!
25th Annual Make-A-Wish Tuna Challenge Silver Gate Yacht Club Celebrates Event's "Silver" Anniversary
What: The 2014 Make-A-Wish Tuna Challenge will be angling for a good cause in San Diego for its annual three-day Tuna Challenge tournament and event benefiting Make-A-Wish® San Diego again this year. This event is the largest tuna fishing tournament in the continental U.S., raising over $3 million to date for granting wishes in San Diego.
Anglers will compete for awards such as multi-day fishing trips to Alaska and Mexico, fishing gear, boat equipment, and more. The awards will be presented at the event's culmination banquet at the newly remodeled Silver Gate Yacht Club on Sunday, August 24th from 10:00am - 4:00pm on Shelter Island. The banquet will include raffles, auctions, live entertainment, tournament awards and lunch. Over 700 guests are expected to attend.
WHO: Presented by Jobsite Supply Company. Hundreds of fishing enthusiasts from all over the country will participate in the event. An all-volunteer committee, supported by the member-volunteers of the Silver Gate Yacht Club, oversees The Make-A-Wish Tuna Challenge event. 100% of all monies raised goes directly to Make-A-Wish San Diego.
WHEN: Tournament August 22 & 23Culmination Awards Banquet-Sunday, August 24. Public Welcome.
WHERE: Silver Gate Yacht Club 2091 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
HOW: Register online at www.tunachallenge.org
Make-A-Wish® San Diego is a charitable non-profit organization that grants wishes to children who have life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Since its inception in 1983, Make-A-Wish San Diego has granted more than 3,200 wishes.
To learn more about the organization, please visit www.sandiego.wish.org, or call 858-707-WISH (9474)
Paintballs and Pinnipeds - Legal Deterrence Methods for the Terrorists of the Sea
- By Kells Christian
I was hired to inspect a small damaged boat in Marina del Rey, and as approached, I noticed a large sea lion in the way.
Sea lions (the ones with the ear flaps and long smooth foreflippers) and seals (the ones with the ear holes and short, rough foreflippers with claws) wreak havoc on boaters and fishermen. These otherwise lovable, cute, large, stinky creatures create controversy as they can be a nuisance.
While tourists love to take pictures of them, the one on the dock was trying to stop me from working and like the U.S. Postal service, I must deliver. Don't get me wrong, I actually like seals and sea lions, I dislike seagulls, the terrorists from above, but that battle will have to await another article.
On another recent job, an Oceanside customer told of his troubles with these marine mammals and his method of dealing with them, paint balls. He researched the legal methods of deterrence and it included paint balls,
I couldn't believe it, but he had a printed copy aboard his boat (link below). He was challenged by gun drawn harbor patrol, who stood down when presented with the documentation.
I though you could not harass marine mammals but it appears that you can't harass them using "potentially lethal means". Legal, non lethal means includes barriers, visual and audible means and physical contact. The options include: fencing, strobe lights, horns, electric livestock fences, cattle prods, Super Soaker type squirt guns, sling shots and water soluble paint balls fired from paint ball guns.
One "on-line" suggestion was to use large dog food kibble in a sling shot, as it is biodegradable.
Environment: 1 Seals: 0 Is it unethical or amoral to enjoy deterrence?
I found very little written about actual physical harm to people from these animals, but there was mention of "seal finger", an infection from a seal bite.
I have witnessed property damage caused by these intruders. Ruined boat covers, damaged swim platforms and hardware in cockpits and one small boat submersion where the pinnipeds were our prime suspect. We have all heard of the nuisance they can create by trying to share dock space with businesses and municipalities and the most vocal and aggrieved subset of boaters appears to be harassed fishermen.
My recent encounter concluded when I walked to the other side of the boat, luckily it was not a double slip, stepped onto the swim platform and approached the dormant, sunning creature in order to accomplish the task at hand. The big beast arose, turned toward me, barked loudly, flashed both of her or his ferocious teeth and then dove into the water, restoring peace and letting me work.
This article is free legal advice, and as one of my maritime attorney friends once told me, "it is worth every penny you spent". There are local ordinances and varied law enforcement interpretations that may cause you problems that this article won't solve.
And the article probably won't stop the hippies at the Children's Pool from giving you a big group hug if you pull out your sling shot there.
Most of the research on this article referred to this NOAA Publication.
Kells Christian has been an accredited Marine Surveyor since 1990. His expertise extends to both recreational and commercial vessels. Kells was Regional Director of Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS) for 2 years and a prominent member of numerous other industry organizations. You can e-mail your marine surveyor questions to email@example.com or Click Here to visit his web site.
More Recreational Boaters Taking Advantage of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Classes
- By Capt. H. G. "Rags" Laragione
Every once in a while we see one of those good kind of trends here at the Maritime Institute - This one is about safety on the water.
What I'm talking about is that for the first time we have a waiting list for our U.S. Coast Guard approved Basic Safety courses, and many of the students are now coming from the recreational boating sector.
These courses are normally 100 % filled by students who are required to take the course, such as those in the cruise ship and megayacht industry, the military, commercial vessels, the fishing industry, law enforcement, and even from the ranks of the U.S. Coast Guard itself.
The upswing in recreational boaters taking these classes is a very encouraging sign that mariners from all walks of life want to be safer on the water.
If you're a recreational boater, and you haven't yet taken advantage of these free basic safety courses offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, you're "missing the boat". For more information on these courses, Click Here.
Captain Laragione is the President of The Maritime Institute which offers USCG approved courses for mariners. Curriculum ranges from the maritime rules of the road to the 1600 Ton Captain's License. Captain Laragione is well known for his motto - "The key to safe boating is education; so let's get educated!"
Summer Concert Series: Catalina Island's Summer Concert Series - May thru September:
For a full description, Click Here to see the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce's concert calendar or call 310-510-1520
Bring a picnic and listen to Coronado's Summer Concert Series in Spreckels Park on Sunday evenings throughout the summer. On the first and third Sundays of the month, come early and browse the work of San Diego artists during the Coronado Art Association's bi-monthly Art-In-The-Park event.
Check out the La Mesa Car Show along La Mesa Boulevard in the village of La Mesa every Thursday night during August. In addition to vintage cars on display, guests can enjoy shopping, dining and live music.
Take free fly-fishing lessons from the San Diego Fly Fishers Club on Sunday mornings from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Lake Murray, located in La Mesa. If you don't have your own gear, arrive early for a free equipment loan.
Enjoy free organ concerts during the Annual International Summer Organ Festival at Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. Concerts are held on Monday evenings at 7:30 pm July - August.
Young Angler's Tournament: Young anglers ages six through 15 are invited to compete in the free 12th Annual Young Angler Tournament on Saturday, August 9th at the Shelter Island Pier, located at 1776 Shelter Island Drive
This saltwater event is sponsored by the International Game Fish Association, the San Diego Sportfishing Council and the Port of San Diego.
For complete details, call the San Diego Sportfishing Council at (619) 234-8793 or visit www.sportfishing.org.
ArtWalk NTC - 9th Annual Festival
August 16 & 17 10:00am - 6:00pm Location: NTC Liberty Station at Ingram Plaza, 2645 Historic Decatur, San Diego, CA 92106 - FREE ADMISSION - FREE PARKING.
Part of the ArtWalk San Diego brand known for bringing together all facets of the arts in San Diego while promoting the experience of owning original art. More than 175 visual artists will be on hand at ArtWalk NTC this year.
San Diego Symphony's Summer Pops:
Summer Pops is 10 weeks of evening concerts from just before 4th of July through Labor Day, all featuring the San Diego Symphony and some of today's hottest pop acts followed by fireworks displays. For more information, Click Here.